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Gardiner staff member wins Excellence in Public Service Award

Gardiner staff member wins Excellence in Public Service Award

Jennifer Venn Excellence in Public Service Jennifer Venn, behavior interventionist at Gardiner Elementary, is the recipient of the 2017 Excellence in Public Service Award. The award is given to an employee of the Wichita Public Schools, the City of Wichita and Sedgwick County who shows excellence in their job responsibilities and who is actively involved in the community. Each award recipient received $2,500, which is underwritten by the DeVore Foundation. Venn was surprised at Gardiner on April 13. Click here to watch the surprise announcement.

Venn supports students with behavioral issues by providing a calm environment and coping strategies to help students return to class. Jennifer builds relationships with students and is genuinely interested in their challenges, successes, and activities. She is often found sitting with parents at WUBC basketball games, Greater Wichita Junior Football League games or even out of town BMX races to watch her students.

With a background in Fine Arts, she taught at Friends University, Wichita State University and is currently adjunct professor of Art and Design with Fort Hays. She mentors college Graphic Design students and volunteers as a portfolio reviewer.  Jennifer designed and organized a calendar campaign for Victory in the Valley to fund summer camp for children. She is a volunteer with Hood Hop, a non-profit organization that teaches Dance and Art to low income youth. Jennifer implemented a design project with City Life Café to help rehabilitate juvenile justice youth, teaching job skills and assisting with resume building. She also recently became a Girl Scout leader.

Venn was nominated for the Excellence in Public Service award by her colleague, Monica Monroe.

Click here to read more about the Excellence in Public Service Award and to view prior recipients.